Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan
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Strong sex scene, themes and violence

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Actors: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder

BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter's professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

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Status: QuickPick
Run time: 108mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Beautiful dark twisted nightmare
by Simon Miraudo,

Things are about to get … intense. Perhaps Darren Aronofsky should have considered attaching a title card with that brief caveat to the reels of his latest film Black Swan. He didn’t. Instead, I offer that warning to any readers who immediately balk at vociferous hyperbole, effusive zeal, or full-throated defences of melodramas with a healthy-heaping of body-horror. Black Swan is a film that feels tailor-made for me, and by me, I mean anyone who enjoys devouring cinema as if it were chocolate-flavoured oxygen. It’s for anyone who is truly excited by a movie that can be accurately described as a fusion of Black Narcissus, Suspiria and Videodrome. It’s for anyone tired of naturally-perverted tales being watered-down for tweenagers, like the story of the girl caught in a love triangle with a ...

Things are about to get … intense. Perhaps Darren Aronofsky should have considered attaching a title card with that brief caveat to the reels of his latest film Black Swan. He didn’t. Instead, I offer that warning to any readers who immediately balk at vociferous hyperbole, effusive zeal, or full-throated defences of melodramas with a healthy-heaping of body-horror. Black Swan is a film that feels tailor-made for me, and by me, I mean anyone who enjoys devouring cinema as if it were chocolate-flavoured oxygen. It’s for anyone who is truly excited by a movie that can be accurately described as a fusion of Black Narcissus, Suspiria and Videodrome. It’s for anyone tired of naturally-perverted tales being watered-down for tweenagers, like the story of the girl caught in a love triangle with a wolf and a vampire, frustratingly told as a metaphor for abstinence. (Thankfully, not all mainstream films are as prudish as The Twilight Saga; Avatar had a paraplegic soldier taking over the body of a giant blue alien and having interspecies sex with a slamming Na’vi hottie via the USB ports in the back of their heads. Sure, it’s not Crash, but it’s a start.) In the hands of a lesser filmmaker, Black Swan could have ended up like an all-singing all-dancing reimagining of Single White Female. Instead, Darren Aronofsky delivers a tightly-wound, deeply-disturbed, psycho-sexual oddity – not unlike his film’s lead character.

Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is a precious, twenty-something ballerina still living at home with her overbearing mother (Barbara Hershey). Nina’s bedroom is adorned with pink frills and teddy bears; it’s as if the softly-spoken young lady is waiting for Prince Charming to rescue her from her lonely existence (a terrifying glimpse at a woman who has bought in to the myth propagated by Twilight? OK, OK, I’ll stop). Well, if Nina was looking for a fairy tale, she should have gotten into pantomimes, and not the tragedy-loving, irony-drenched world of the ballet. After slaving away under the cruel tutelage of Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassell), she is selected as the Prima Ballerina of his New York ballet company, ousting the over-the-hill Beth McIntyre (Winona Ryder). Her debut performance will be in Swan Lake, where she will play both the delicate White Swan and her twin, the conniving Black Swan. It will also feature a new dancer named Lily (Mila Kunis), a fluid performer that Nina becomes obsessed with – both as a professional threat and sexual conquest. As the pressure of the impending performance mounts – it has to be “perfect” - Nina’s already sensitive psyche starts to fracture, and she is confronted with a number of frightening, potentially imagined developments she is unable to separate from reality (including, but not limited to, the idea that she may be literally mutating into a swan).

Nina’s evolution into the Black Swan – regardless of whether it’s real or if she’s imagining it – is perhaps the most unsettling visual transmutation of the human body since Seth Brundle morphed into the Brundlefly. The supreme visual and makeup effects play second fiddle to Natalie Portman’s transformative performance; she’s an actress I never used to give much credit to – a charming ingénue with a big smile, but not enough chops to carry a drama. With last year’s Brothers, and now Black Swan, I’m happy to admit I was wrong. She captures the requisite fragility of her character without it seeming like a quirky tic; later, she unveils a violent, unhinged dark-side that similarly feels borne from a truly disturbed individual, and not as if she has evolved into Freddy Krueger. She brings a physicality to her performance(s), particularly in the dancing scenes. Although I am not schooled in the technique of ballet to fully discern whether or not she is practicing it correctly, the audience understands when she is dancing well, when she is dancing badly, when she is dancing like the White Swan, and when she is dancing like the Black Swan. I cannot emphasise enough how important that is, and how difficult it is to achieve. Hers is not the only great performance; the supporting cast should be comprised of expected archetypes – the smarmy teacher, the intense stage-mother, the oversexed rival – but Cassel, Hershey and Kunis all offer enough shades to their characters to keep you guessing their true motivations.

I suppose Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Red Shoes is the obvious comparison, what with it also being the tale of a devoted ballerina who goes off the deep end. But a better companion piece is Powell/Pressburger’s earlier film Black Narcissus, which featured a couple of sexually-repressed nuns going round-the-bend in an isolated Himalayan convent. Similarly, Black Swan evokes Dario Argento’s Suspiria – a supernatural thriller that takes place within a German ballet company – and David Cronenberg’s Videodrome – a nightmarish horror film in which James Woods becomes detached from reality and starts to imagine his body as a vessel for violence (no, seriously – his arm morphs into a gun). They say there is nothing new under the sun, but it still takes a fine filmmaker to combine their inspirations into a brand-new cohesive beast. Tarantino does it all the time, and here, Aronofsky does it too. But he also wisely infuses Black Swan with his own recurring themes (What are Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler if not tales of obsession that ultimately end with the deterioration of the human body?). Screenwriters Mark Haymen, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin have written a fine psychological thriller (a damn fine psychological thriller), but Aronofsky, with his lo-fi camera aesthetic, incongruent and occasionally-jarring special effects and rapid-fire-cutting has turned it into a masterpiece of genre cinema, in which sex, violence, obsession and art (ballet, filmmaking, whatever) are a singular monster; the resulting product in the pursuit for perfection.

I won’t condescend to claim being a movie reviewer isn’t a lot of fun. However, it can be frustrating when you sit through unimaginative-film-after-unimaginative-film; you eagerly wait for a filmmaker to reignite the passion you once felt for cinema (and secretly fear is dead after enduring a spirit-crusher like Little Fockers). Readers, friends, family members and concerned acquaintances are still dumbstruck by my praising of The Human Centipede, but hey, you can’t discount the genuine pleasure a film can conjure merely by being different. We need cinema that is challenging, violent and debauched, particularly in an age when classification boards can overreact wildly when a film features honest sex scenes, or rate them unnecessarily high simply for having some swear words. Directors (working on a studio flick, or an indie) should continue to push boundaries and alarm their audiences. And that is precisely what Black Swan does.

I love this movie. I love it enough to ramble on, oh, for about 1200 words. I love it enough to give it five stars (which you may argue is merely a subjective designation, but so is all of film criticism, so get used to it). It might seem like a cop out to say, “If you’re anything like me, you’ll love Black Swan.” Well, how is that different to any other review? And if I’ve not yet convinced you of my adoration of Aronofsky’s film, perhaps the knowledge that after a year of reboots, remakes, prequels, sequels, threequels and The Wolfman, Black Swan has reignited my love for cinema and made me excited for the year ahead.

5/5

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Member Reviews (246)

Toni
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Weird.....very weird movie....
Posted Thursday, 13 February 2014 See my other reviews
disturbing....... but great!!
Posted Wednesday, 5 February 2014 See my other reviews
Tony
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Unusual and disturbing but highly entertaining
Posted Monday, 13 January 2014 See my other reviews
Petra
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This movie is so full of brilliant tension and suspense that I found myself holding my breath through most of the movie.
Posted Tuesday, 9 July 2013 See my other reviews
Definitely a movie worth watching. An absorbing story, interspersed with many excerpts from Swan Lake and background to a ballet production. Held my keen interest to the very end. What is real and what is psychotic imagination - they get well and truly mixed up.
Posted Thursday, 21 March 2013 See my other reviews
uncster
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The story of a ballerina who takes her back in swan lake way too serious, leading to mental health issues. I suppose this can happen when you don't eat. It was an okay movie, with plenty of blood and a good story, as well.
Posted Wednesday, 20 March 2013 See my other reviews
Great film. Dark, psychotic and intense.. moments are actually cringe inducing. Very well acted by Portman.
Posted Monday, 18 March 2013 See my other reviews
SK
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Great film! I've seen this twice & if you fancy a good thriller, this is the one to pick! It kept me interested the whole way through & I loved the quirky ending.
Posted Tuesday, 5 March 2013 See my other reviews
Quatermass
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Psychological drama. Descent into madness. Odd movie but entertaining.
Posted Monday, 11 February 2013 See my other reviews
Brilloiant movie
Posted Monday, 7 January 2013 See my other reviews
Lloyd
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Portman’s performance saves it from zero stars but the horror rips off Mirrors and Terror at the opera was a better film on the subject despite being Mac-Beth as the play.
Posted Sunday, 2 December 2012 See my other reviews
Anna M
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Dreadful horror/melodrama, full of one-dimensional characters, a disturbing study of mental illness. Depressing kitsch, just like Swan Lake itself really, when you think about it. Likely to put you off ballet for life. Could have worked if it was a more intelligent drama without the over-the-top horror scenes.
Posted Wednesday, 21 November 2012 See my other reviews
Bron
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I liked this movie. It was different, and original. The only drawback is that some of the 'scary' bits were funny rather than frightening.
Posted Wednesday, 7 November 2012 See my other reviews
darthdorian
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I'll watch anything with Natalie Portman in it. This was good. Sort of a Donnie Darko movie.
Posted Sunday, 28 October 2012 See my other reviews
Mary
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An interesting movie. Excellent acting. Didn't appeal to my husband (probably because of the ending). I thought it would have been more of a thriller but it wasn't.
Posted Wednesday, 17 October 2012 See my other reviews
Laura
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Absolutely loved it. I was happy to see that the movie is more than just about competition between girls in a ballet company. Very sensual, beautifully filmed and it managed to reconcile me with Natalie Portman.
Posted Monday, 23 July 2012 See my other reviews
Tara
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intriguing story , Always have enjoyed Natalie Portman's performances.
Posted Sunday, 22 July 2012 See my other reviews
E..
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I completely agree with Simon Miraudo's review (see above). I also LOVE this movie. (But order and watch it in Blue ray version, if you can!)
Posted Saturday, 21 July 2012 See my other reviews
Mezz7
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Didn't like this movie. It was very disjointed and quite disturbing to watch.
Posted Tuesday, 10 July 2012 See my other reviews
Sonia
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I've seen this before but had to see it again. A really intense movie, not for the faint hearted! Great performances from Natalie Portan and Mila Kunis.
Posted Monday, 25 June 2012 See my other reviews
LEE
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WOW!!!1
Posted Wednesday, 13 June 2012 See my other reviews
flic
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Intense, awesome performance from Natalie Portman. A claustrophobic sexual thriller. Really enjoyed it.
Posted Tuesday, 12 June 2012 See my other reviews
Penny B
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Depressing, melodramatic and long.
Posted Wednesday, 6 June 2012 See my other reviews
peter
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great music,interesting scenes,good movie,wont be everybodies cup of tea.
Posted Thursday, 31 May 2012 See my other reviews
BR
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Brilliant acting, original, thought provoking,
Posted Thursday, 17 May 2012 See my other reviews
Rita K.
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Wow, what a film... very spellbinding, I loved it...... it's edgy and enigmatic, moody and tense. The soundtrack is just beautiful and evocative. It's great to see Barbara Hershey again - where has she been?, and of course Natalie Portman is just brilliant... talk about inhabiting a role! (Is that really her stretching?) The final scenes with the black swan dance are the icing on the cake... it's brilliant!!! Wow!!
Posted Saturday, 12 May 2012 See my other reviews
De
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Thought prevoking. I continued to try and understand what exactly happened and why for a day or so. Left me a little up in the air. Cringed a few times.
Posted Thursday, 10 May 2012 See my other reviews
Sonjs
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Brilliant movie - the beginning leads you to think it will be very different from what it becomes. The pace rapidly draws the viewer in to an amazing movie. Loved it
Posted Wednesday, 9 May 2012 See my other reviews
Phillip R.
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Nowhere near what I thought it would be. I didn't even watch the end of the show. It received an acadamy award for best actress and that was absolutley well deserved Portman was superb, BUT that's it.................Very Very disapointing Regard's, Phillip R
Posted Wednesday, 9 May 2012 See my other reviews
Nat
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This was horrible. It almost seemed to be wanting to make me think about deeper issues but instead just came across as awkward and weird.
Posted Friday, 4 May 2012 See my other reviews
Green
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Natalie Portman REALLY deserved the praise she got for this role ... she was amazing. Quite dark but the life of artists often involve such things as mental illness and obsessive behaviour. I thought it was an excellent film.
Posted Tuesday, 1 May 2012 See my other reviews
DR
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Good but not outstanding
Posted Tuesday, 24 April 2012 See my other reviews
sunnycoastgirl
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Really enjoyed this movie. You don't have to love the Ballet to enjoy this movie. Twists and turns all through the movie and kept you guessing until the end.
Posted Thursday, 19 April 2012 See my other reviews
Howie
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Hmmm, different. I did enjoy it, although a little heavy, not what I would call 'really dark'. Natalie is fantastic.
Posted Monday, 16 April 2012 See my other reviews
Laraine
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different, not sure what I thought
Posted Saturday, 14 April 2012 See my other reviews
Linda
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I love thrillers that keep you guessing and this ticked all the right boxes for me
Posted Friday, 13 April 2012 See my other reviews
TP1
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Not what I expected
Posted Friday, 6 April 2012 See my other reviews
Tricia
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Dissapointed
Posted Wednesday, 4 April 2012 See my other reviews
ken Burnett
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not my type of movie
Posted Tuesday, 27 March 2012 See my other reviews
Marnie
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Not at all what I expected. Very dark, but I did enjoy it
Posted Tuesday, 27 March 2012 See my other reviews
Billy
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Nice ballet sequences-Good acting but too dark for our taste
Posted Thursday, 22 March 2012 See my other reviews
Bruce
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Totally amazing. The camera work in this is brilliant, so many mirrors to work around. Natalie Portman gets right into it, Tchaikovsky's music fits the darkness of the story perfectly and the tension throughout is palpable. What we do in the pursuit of absolute perfection. The is pretty near a perfect movie.
Posted Wednesday, 21 March 2012 See my other reviews
av0ca
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I am not a ballet fan but this movie was excellent. Highly recommended.
Posted Tuesday, 20 March 2012 See my other reviews
Tilly
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Enjoyable movie, didn't guess the ending which was good, its a movie, where everyone that watched it had a different view on the ending.
Posted Friday, 16 March 2012 See my other reviews
Cindy
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Simply superb. An intensely bleak psychological drama that examines the nature of madness and identity. Most definitely not a popcorn flick but one that will amply reward your close attention.
Posted Sunday, 11 March 2012 See my other reviews
megan
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Good storyline, great acting, something different
Posted Thursday, 8 March 2012 See my other reviews
Paula
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I was engrossed throughout this movie. Not a slow moment in its entirety. Natalie Portman did a very good job.
Posted Friday, 2 March 2012 See my other reviews
Adam
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A fantastic film. Loved it, dark and intriguing, great story...
Posted Thursday, 1 March 2012 See my other reviews
john
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Its a bit meh tbh.
Posted Thursday, 1 March 2012 See my other reviews
Christos
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A internal struggle between good and evil, innocence and corruption! Blah Confusing and confronting imagery mad a DOG's BREAKFAST of this movie which had the potential to be MUUuuch better than what it turned out to be.... the end resulst was tedious, long-winded and.....BOOOOOOrrrrrRRRRiiiiiing!
Posted Monday, 27 February 2012 See my other reviews
Helen
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Overacted and confusing structure. Symbolism too overt for me
Posted Thursday, 23 February 2012 See my other reviews
Bob
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a bit weird
Posted Wednesday, 22 February 2012 See my other reviews
Andrew
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Although it was not as weird as Donnie Darko, I can certainly appreciate the time and effort it took for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis to play professional ballerinas. Even though Natalie Portman's character (Nina) was portrayed as crazy, her mother was even worse.
Posted Tuesday, 21 February 2012 See my other reviews
bi
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well, just not bad but not good.
Posted Saturday, 18 February 2012 See my other reviews
Maria
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It was well acted but the storyline was very poor. I find it a cop out when a storyline lurches between reality and fantasy and you can't figure out which is which. Nor did I care at the end. It seemed like a hollywood failed attempt at a dark movie style. Disappointed after all the hype. Worst movie since Australia the Movie.
Posted Wednesday, 15 February 2012 See my other reviews
L
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Freaky and great.
Posted Sunday, 12 February 2012 See my other reviews
Phil
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Moving slowly towards what this movie is really about: Schizophrenia! Nice visual effects, good acting, Twisted storytelling playing with reality and unreal, you will ask sometimes what the hell you are watching. Not the best movie of the year however somewhat interesting if you aren't expecting too much from a movie which had such a hype everywhere. Don't be too impatient as it is SLOW and you might sometimes feel bored. A positive thing is that you don't need to love ballet to like it!
Posted Friday, 10 February 2012 See my other reviews
Larry
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I must have been expecting too much after all the hype, turned it off after 20 minutes, boring!
Posted Thursday, 9 February 2012 See my other reviews
tash
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I enjoyed this movie, at times I wasn't sure what was real and what was fake but it held my interest. Natalie Portman played her role extremely well.
Posted Monday, 6 February 2012 See my other reviews
Mel
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Very strange movie. But one you cant stop watching. Natalie Portman is amazing in this role.
Posted Wednesday, 1 February 2012 See my other reviews
Pauline
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Beautiful - if a little confronting.
Posted Wednesday, 1 February 2012 See my other reviews
ron renton
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A bit like Mulholland Drive, good film, but not great
Posted Tuesday, 31 January 2012 See my other reviews
Sabrina
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Really weird movie, complicated to understand. Not a bad movie but very strange and very dark. If you like those dark type movie, watch it.
Posted Monday, 30 January 2012 See my other reviews
Hank
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This movie drags on in its beginning with little or no action or apparent meaning. Never got that enthralled.
Posted Saturday, 28 January 2012 See my other reviews
Pauline
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Weird!
Posted Friday, 27 January 2012 See my other reviews
martin
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One of the most overhyped movies of all time. Derivative plot, stock characters played by left-overs from central casting. We lasted about 15 minutes.
Posted Thursday, 26 January 2012 See my other reviews
Kylee Mac
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Can see why Natalie won the awards for this one. Her acting is flawless and the spiral into madness is not only compelling, it is frightning.
Posted Monday, 23 January 2012 See my other reviews
John
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Overrated psychological thriller, worth watching if your into that genre.
Posted Sunday, 22 January 2012 See my other reviews
30somethinggirl
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Beautifully disturbing but intriguing psychological thriller about a delusional ballerina obsessed with perfection. Dark yet gripping. A must see.
Posted Saturday, 21 January 2012 See my other reviews
Maz
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I liked this but it's not the kind of movie for everybody. If you're after a 'vege-out' movie this is not it.
Posted Tuesday, 17 January 2012 See my other reviews
waratah
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I was surprised by this movie, Natalie comes into her own, great character development, tho the dancing is a disappointing
Posted Tuesday, 17 January 2012 See my other reviews
Vinni
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Too hyped movie. May be my taste is different.
Posted Monday, 16 January 2012 See my other reviews
Norine
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The self mutilation scenes disturbed me so much I stopped watching after the first half hour or so.
Posted Monday, 16 January 2012 See my other reviews
Trudy
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Quite dark and intense, but very enjoyable. Didn't get up once. Definately a chick flick though.
Posted Monday, 16 January 2012 See my other reviews
COLIN
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GOOD STUFF
Posted Monday, 16 January 2012 See my other reviews
Magnet
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Very strange movie
Posted Friday, 13 January 2012 See my other reviews
Kate
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Scary, but very well done
Posted Friday, 13 January 2012 See my other reviews
Kate D
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Complete and utter garbage, cliched and unbelievable. How Natalie Portman won an Oscar for this is beyond me.
Posted Thursday, 12 January 2012 See my other reviews
Joan Gorham
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Scarry, Unpleasant to watch and in the end unrealistic. I would not recommend this movie. The only good thing to watch was the occassional dance routines.
Posted Thursday, 12 January 2012 See my other reviews
Fay
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I was looking forward to seeing this film after all the hype.I found it disappointing and quite ordinary,made bearable by Natalie Portman's superb acting
Posted Thursday, 12 January 2012 See my other reviews
Astrid
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Honestly! Completely hysterical melodrama really. Solid performances but I think to enjoy it you really have to be in the mood for a bit of a silly ride. The lead character embodied that old fashioned "female hysteria" that you don't see much these days.....
Posted Tuesday, 10 January 2012 See my other reviews
Trish
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Could have lived without seeing this movie. Awful, tried to understand what was real but it was hard work to watch.
Posted Monday, 9 January 2012 See my other reviews
Alan
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Thought provoking but most enjoyable.
Posted Monday, 9 January 2012 See my other reviews
Vanessa
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Mental Illness left untreated exacerbated by lack of food, injuries and fear and no one to turn to in a demanding sport (whoops) art. It was filmed beautifully but a bit too visceral and heartless for me.
Posted Saturday, 7 January 2012 See my other reviews
sonya
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wow! that was awesome. who knew a story about ballet could be raunchy, scarey and beautiful. im not one for ballet but i really did enjoy it.
Posted Thursday, 5 January 2012 See my other reviews
Kym
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What a horrible movie! I couldn't watch past the first 20 or so minutes. I can only hope for those who watched it all that it did get better, but I highly doubt that.
Posted Thursday, 5 January 2012 See my other reviews
kezkel
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I just wanted to slap the lead character. Don't waste your time with this duckling!
Posted Wednesday, 4 January 2012 See my other reviews
Kathryn
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Unnecessarily grotesque and gothic which took away from the story and the dancing.
Posted Friday, 30 December 2011 See my other reviews
furpers
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Really enjoyed the movie but just couldn't understand the very end!!!
Posted Tuesday, 20 December 2011 See my other reviews
Pamie
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Found this movie very disturbing, not for me
Posted Saturday, 10 December 2011 See my other reviews
Nat
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This is a mature drama, also reasonably dark. It has plenty of layers for the viewer to make sense of and has some great actors and good acting; however, the movie itself did not really do it for me. It had its moments of brilliance and although it retained some of my interest until the end, for the most part, it was not as edgy as all the hype made it out to be, nor as exciting. It was an okay movie, just not great. But yes, it was different, had a few twists to keep the viewer guessing, and was an interesting path to take.
Posted Thursday, 8 December 2011 See my other reviews
Kristina
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This is a very dark sinister movie. The lead dancer in the ballet is a very troubled young woman and many of the things we see through the movie turn out to be all in her head. The ending is very strange but all in all a very enjoyable movie for the adults. Highly recommended.
Posted Friday, 2 December 2011 See my other reviews
Kristy
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This movie deserves awards. Excellent story, brilliant acting. Very dark though, and if you are put off by sex or self harm, you won't want to watch this one.
Posted Wednesday, 30 November 2011 See my other reviews
De
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Very Strange ! But interesting.
Posted Tuesday, 29 November 2011 See my other reviews
Debbee
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Good Movie, keeps you interested with a twist however you do have to focus to understand what is going on and i would not recommend for the faint hearted. As usual Natalie Portman was excellent. Mila Kunis stepping out of her "Jackie" shadow.
Posted Monday, 28 November 2011 See my other reviews
Jumbuck
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Disappointing considering the hype... hard to distinguish between the protagonist's reality and delusion... and awfully slow
Posted Monday, 28 November 2011 See my other reviews
Heather Treglown
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The feedback I received prior to viewing the film gave me a different expectation. It wasn't really my sort of movie and I would probably rate as a three.
Posted Friday, 25 November 2011 See my other reviews
Valerie
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Found this to be rather dark, depressing movie, Thought I would really enjoy it, but found that it left me feeling a bit grossed out,. Also was very slow
Posted Thursday, 24 November 2011 See my other reviews
Erin
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Not sure about this one is a bit weird have to think about the story line to get it even then still confusing. Not one i would pay to go see at the movies.
Posted Thursday, 24 November 2011 See my other reviews
salann
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really liked this movie, showed how twisted the mind can be???
Posted Thursday, 24 November 2011 See my other reviews
blkswan
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I really liked this movie. Very dark but intriguing.
Posted Thursday, 24 November 2011 See my other reviews
Natalie
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awful
Posted Monday, 21 November 2011 See my other reviews
Yvonne
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I was entranced with the film. I was perplexed however whilst watching it, as it is not a "horror" film in my opinion, it's more a psychological thriller. Because it was rated "horror" I was expecting something completely different.
Posted Thursday, 17 November 2011 See my other reviews
norni
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bit too slow for me, didn't finish it
Posted Thursday, 17 November 2011 See my other reviews
Dayow
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Couldn't see what all the hype was about. Good premise for a film but poorly executed that couldn't be saved by the great acting by Portman and Kunis. Predictable story line and saw the ending coming from early on in the film. Wouldn't waste my time and certainly wouldn't recommend to anyone.
Posted Thursday, 17 November 2011 See my other reviews
Wombat
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Worst movie of the year? Or worst movie of all time. Cliched, ponderous, pretentious. As terrifying as an electronic parts catalogue. This movie is to the horror genre as Scwarznegger is to Shakespeare
Posted Wednesday, 16 November 2011 See my other reviews
Deb
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Extremely slow, boring, couldn't even finish watching it.
Posted Monday, 14 November 2011 See my other reviews
Rowan Lowe
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I sat and watched this movie with my wife, as we are both fans of Natalie Portman and dance I thought this movie would be a good one for us....How wqrong I was. The movie is very well shot and Natalie Portmans acting is superb, and Natalie's dancing scenes where very well done, I could actually see her as a dancer. However the over graphic sex scenes and the heart stopping scare scenes I could of done without. If you are in the mood for a creepy mind scare-a-thon this is your movie, if like me you wanted to see some amazing dancing i would give this a miss abit too much for my taste.
Posted Sunday, 6 November 2011 See my other reviews
CRJ
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I found this movie tedious - don't ask me what happened at the end because I fast forwarded that part.
Posted Sunday, 6 November 2011 See my other reviews
Nikki
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I can totally see why this was not everyone's cup of tea, but this film has stuck with me all week. It's not for the light-hearted--it's not a pretty ballet movie--it's an uncomfortalbe and confusing tale of psychosis and obsessiona and it will MESS WITH YOUR HEAD. But I still loved it. This is what cinema should be (for better or worse) deeply affecting and thought provoking.
Posted Saturday, 5 November 2011 See my other reviews
Hellsie
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A ballerinas disturbing descent into madness. A horror movie with lots of tutus. The stuff of nightmares. Not my cup of tea!
Posted Wednesday, 2 November 2011 See my other reviews
Abby Z
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This is a good movie, very well acted, which will leave you feeling very uncomfortable...
Posted Wednesday, 2 November 2011 See my other reviews
troy
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She is on some serious acid
Posted Monday, 31 October 2011 See my other reviews
Kay
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What a superb movie. Portman is perfect.
Posted Monday, 31 October 2011 See my other reviews
Ed
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Excellent movie. Great script and superbly acted. Recommended highly.
Posted Monday, 31 October 2011 See my other reviews
Faye
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Shows the yin and yang of a prima ballerina, Nina at a turning point in her life as she strives for perfection playing the Black Swan. Natalie Portman is, as you would expect, 'perfect' as Nina and provides great depth to the role as do the other characters friend/arch rival (Mila Kunis), mother (Barbara Hershey) and the teacher (Vincent Cassel). Overall an intriguing take on the whole Swan Lake storyline that keeps you guessing throughout the whole movie...
Posted Wednesday, 26 October 2011 See my other reviews
bt
says
not my style
Posted Wednesday, 26 October 2011 See my other reviews
Brenda
says
An unusual tought provoking DVD
Posted Tuesday, 25 October 2011 See my other reviews
Sam
says
A very dark movie. I'm sure this movie was more extreme than what really happens in the professional ballet world. An eye opener about people who are trying to achieve perfection and be the best.
Posted Tuesday, 25 October 2011 See my other reviews
Lozi
says
Wasn't sure what to think. It took a while to get into it, and although I got sucked in to wanting to know what happened at the end I probably would not watch it again. Was quite different and was not at all what I thought - though I hadn't read any reviews or knew a story line, I heard that it was good so wanted to see what the fuss was about.
Posted Monday, 24 October 2011 See my other reviews
Tricia
says
Loved it!! Didn't actually realise it was a thriller bordering on horror when I booked it, I thought it was a chick flick and told my husband I would watch it when he wasn't home. He is more aware than I am and wanted to watch it (now I know why!!) Had to look through my fingers a couple of times when I got a bit scared but it is well worth watching even if you HATE scary movies like myself!
Posted Saturday, 22 October 2011 See my other reviews
Nibbo
says
Too intelligent for my taste, dancing was nice, acting not so good
Posted Thursday, 20 October 2011 See my other reviews
crystalnoz
says
Watched this all the way through and have no idea what the real story line is. Had been in 2 minds about seeing it, should of listened to the one that said don't.
Posted Wednesday, 19 October 2011 See my other reviews
Trish
says
A deeply emotional film. Loved it!
Posted Tuesday, 18 October 2011 See my other reviews
Jenny
says
Did not really enjoy this film, very dark and just plain weird. I would not watch again or recommend to others
Posted Monday, 17 October 2011 See my other reviews
jmog
says
A very dark drama, showed the inner turmoil very well. Very hard to distinguish what was real and happening to her, and what was a figment of her imagination. Enjoyed it immensely, best entertainment I have watched for ages!
Posted Thursday, 13 October 2011 See my other reviews
Ana
says
Waste of time, stupid, don't bother.
Posted Thursday, 13 October 2011 See my other reviews
Vicki
says
Great psychological thriller, messes with your mind a bit because you question what has actually happened....makes you think about it on a deeper level.
Posted Tuesday, 11 October 2011 See my other reviews
Dawn
says
Strange movie.
Posted Tuesday, 11 October 2011 See my other reviews
Kay
says
Absolutely brilliant film!! One of my favourites. What more can I say? Natalie Portman deserved that Oscar!
Posted Saturday, 8 October 2011 See my other reviews
Alex H
says
Brilliant story mixing reality with immagination leaving one wondering.
Posted Saturday, 8 October 2011 See my other reviews
Azzardleigh
says
Worth all the accolades it received. Excellent film that make no apologies that it is a film about ballet, or a young womans mind.
Posted Friday, 7 October 2011 See my other reviews
bigfella
says
Bitterly disappointed, Natalie looked good ,story line very weak.
Posted Monday, 3 October 2011 See my other reviews
Alison
says
Brilliantly acted but very disturbing. Since it seems to have set out to be uncomfortable and challenging, it has achieved it's goals. Natalie Portman is stunning even when whittled down to skin and bones, and since that is the state a professional ballerina has to exist in I applaud her devotion to her craft.
Posted Friday, 30 September 2011 See my other reviews
Dianne
says
The beginning was about as interesting as watching paint dry and judging by many of the other reviews, which I have now read, I wouldn't have enjoyed the rest of it if I had kept watching
Posted Thursday, 29 September 2011 See my other reviews
Ann
says
Did not enjoy this movie at all. Too graphic. More horror than anything else. Story line was predictable to an extent. Left bad taste in mouth.
Posted Tuesday, 27 September 2011 See my other reviews
PRR
says
A brilliant performance from the whole cast, who are given a great script and fantastic storyline to work with. One or two of the fantasy sequences push the limits a litlle, and threaten to turn the whole thing from drama into farce, but the film manages to stay just this side of ridiculous. It's a big, swirling, slightly hysterical movie that attacks your senses and leaves you wanting to see it again, just to see if it actually made that much sense at all. If you want a linear, sensible dance movie then don't go here, but if you want a bol, sexy and intesting take on the age-old idea of a person being the sum of their discrepant parts, you'll love it.
Posted Sunday, 25 September 2011 See my other reviews
langer51@bigpond.com
says
Strange, strange, strange. Say no more...
Posted Friday, 23 September 2011 See my other reviews
Matthew B.
says
Brilliantly performed by Portman. This film isn't perfect, but it's pretty damn close to it! Again, Portman is brilliant, particularly in the final scenes where she proves why she got the Oscar!
Posted Thursday, 22 September 2011 See my other reviews
Nic
says
Strange but good!
Posted Wednesday, 21 September 2011 See my other reviews
Leila
says
Very strange movie, very dissappointing
Posted Wednesday, 21 September 2011 See my other reviews
Sol
says
Affecting! I couldn't get some scenes out of my head after watching the film.
Posted Tuesday, 13 September 2011 See my other reviews
karen
says
Didn't enjoy it, too slow for most of it and the last 20 minutes was enough.
Posted Saturday, 10 September 2011 See my other reviews
Susan Davies
says
I could only watch half the movie. I'm not into S&M and I found it all rather gruesome and tiring.
Posted Friday, 9 September 2011 See my other reviews
Jennifer
says
Couldnt get into this movie but will hire it again & watch it without interuptions
Posted Thursday, 8 September 2011 See my other reviews
Liz Pilkington
says
Very entertaining
Posted Wednesday, 7 September 2011 See my other reviews
Boo
says
Brilliant! truly terrifying film with real psychological suspense.
Posted Friday, 2 September 2011 See my other reviews
Lucy
says
Gripping and very clever in the way you're never sure what is real and what is in her head.
Posted Wednesday, 31 August 2011 See my other reviews
Roc
says
Very twisted movie. Suggestion: don't watch with you mum or dad.
Posted Tuesday, 30 August 2011 See my other reviews
Robyn
says
Most. Depressing. Film. Ever.
Posted Monday, 29 August 2011 See my other reviews
Camille
says
Very interesting movie and one that tackles the sensitive subject of mental illness in a really confronting way. I enjoyed the movie, erotic, challenging and very different from the normal hollywood predicability
Posted Monday, 29 August 2011 See my other reviews
bluecooperfan
says
I like Natalie Portman in just about everything else that she has done, but not this, this was just bizarre. I followed the storyline, but, just bizarre.
Posted Sunday, 21 August 2011 See my other reviews
Kim
says
Far Out Brusell Sprout - this left me dazed and confused!!
Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 See my other reviews
Case
says
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this film, but I'm glad I've seen it. Some others found it confusing, I thought it was pretty easy to follow. Fantastic acting
Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 See my other reviews
victa
says
This movie is sick. No moral thought has gone in to it ay all.
Posted Thursday, 18 August 2011 See my other reviews
Susan Willingham
says
I felt that this was a very over rated movie the dancing was not impressive and the story line was very weak.
Posted Thursday, 18 August 2011 See my other reviews
TazKiwi
says
Not for children or prudes! Still trying to figure out reality from hallucination. Wouldn't watch again.
Posted Wednesday, 17 August 2011 See my other reviews
Mishka
says
Love this film. She's so unhinged it's fabulous. Great choreography too.
Posted Wednesday, 17 August 2011 See my other reviews
Cass
says
A bit bizarre. Wouldn't watch it again.
Posted Tuesday, 16 August 2011 See my other reviews
BSeakins
says
A very tense, finely crafted experience, not a frame wasted. I've skipped Aronofsky's efforts since 'Reqium for a Dream' and wasn't sure I'd ever like another of his films, I was wrong, this was great cinema.
Posted Tuesday, 16 August 2011 See my other reviews
Nicole L
says
Absolutely loved it. Superb acting. Very moving.
Posted Monday, 15 August 2011 See my other reviews
Cait
says
Becomes more and more bizarre as the film progresses. Brilliant acting all round.
Posted Sunday, 14 August 2011 See my other reviews
Jim M
says
Good movie, bit weird & freaky, once watched never again.
Posted Sunday, 14 August 2011 See my other reviews
Ray
says
I just could not understand this movie. The actors did a good job but the plot was extremely strange.
Posted Friday, 12 August 2011 See my other reviews
AC
says
Waow.. Hard to say what I like and don't like about this movie, but I like it! It's though but so well played... Hats of for Portman!
Posted Friday, 12 August 2011 See my other reviews
Heather
says
Unusal movie had trouble telling if is was real or the main actress was dreaming
Posted Thursday, 11 August 2011 See my other reviews
JD
says
Wouldn't recommend this for children! It is the kind of movie that leaves you feeling unsettled in a creepy way.
Posted Wednesday, 10 August 2011 See my other reviews
Lynne
says
Fabulous movie. Loved the storyline.
Posted Wednesday, 10 August 2011 See my other reviews
Daisy
says
Intriguing and totally riveting. Natalie Portman was credible as a prima ballerina. Mental disorder was portrayed with so much insight and sensitivity.
Posted Tuesday, 9 August 2011 See my other reviews
10 Aug 2011
says
Excellent, intense, suspenseful. Some may say its a slow film, but I believe this builds its intensity. Its a controlled performance by Natalie Portman, she was fabulous! Filmy folk will love the way the director has kept this film bubbling along & keeping you wondering. Cinematography in dance seens was spot on. Great movie!
Posted Tuesday, 9 August 2011 See my other reviews
Wendy
says
A little confusing, not what we were expecting
Posted Monday, 8 August 2011 See my other reviews
starnumber
says
Very dark and gripping. Enjoyed it from start to finish.
Posted Saturday, 6 August 2011 See my other reviews
Telly
says
Great acting but overall a little depressing
Posted Wednesday, 3 August 2011 See my other reviews
Hattori Steel
says
I was very hesitant in watching this film as i had found Arinofsky's previous films very hard going and could not even finish watching The Wrestler. But this one is assisted by a stunning perfomance from Portman and even though the melodrama is layed on thick i found it impoosible to look away. Have to give this one 4 stars and recommend that those on the fence give it a chance.
Posted Monday, 1 August 2011 See my other reviews
Marg F
says
Very good movie even though I thought I had the thread but a times I was confused like other viewers. Something was left out in the editing I suspect . No wonder the poor girl was disturbed ,did you check out the little girl bedroom ?, Very strange behaviour of the Mother that was not explained, more editing ?. Interesting movie just short of 4 stars.
Posted Monday, 1 August 2011 See my other reviews
AMANDA
says
GOOD BUT VERY STRANGE MOVIE!
Posted Saturday, 30 July 2011 See my other reviews
JAN
says
This movie was very dark and I really didnt enjoy it.
Posted Saturday, 30 July 2011 See my other reviews
Bridget
says
Awesome movie, keep me on the edge of my seat!!!
Posted Friday, 29 July 2011 See my other reviews
Matt
says
This was a very intense movie.Quite different and very interesting to watch.
Posted Thursday, 28 July 2011 See my other reviews
Rick
says
Strange but riveting and original movie, Natalie Portman puts in a convincing effort. Definitely worth seeing.
Posted Wednesday, 27 July 2011 See my other reviews
Mellsie
says
Hard to follow at times but overall a good movie. Well deserved Acamady Award Natalie Portman!!
Posted Tuesday, 26 July 2011 See my other reviews
Pauline of Cairns
says
Absolutely beautiful movie. A very moving story and wonderful dance scenes and music. Natalie Portman is perfect for the lead role.
Posted Tuesday, 26 July 2011 See my other reviews
Wifey83
says
AWESOME! Loved it.... a total mind bending movie with a great twist.... confused me a little bit, but easily figured out at the end! A
Posted Friday, 22 July 2011 See my other reviews
Jodie
says
Ah! I watched this movie hoping that a gutsy story line would evolve but disappointed when it didnt. This is such a dark, melodramatic and "disturbing" movie. Not sure if it was more about "the shock factor "or if it really does mirror the ballerina's of the highest echelon. Most unappealing to this audience, specifically my 16 year old and her peers.I will give credit to the main actor, Natalie Portman, she can act.
Posted Thursday, 21 July 2011 See my other reviews
Pam
says
Very strange movie and very dark not what I anticipated
Posted Thursday, 21 July 2011 See my other reviews
Bec
says
weird and sexual. husband thought it was strange but I liked it. Well acted and very raw
Posted Thursday, 21 July 2011 See my other reviews
RLJ
says
Awful movie. My time would have been better spent scrubbing the toilet.
Posted Wednesday, 20 July 2011 See my other reviews
Jennifer Dewis
says
Very good if a bit dark and confronting! Wanted to see it but wouldnt usually choose anything with horror classification so dont tell me more about that genre! Glad we saw this one though!
Posted Wednesday, 20 July 2011 See my other reviews
apes
says
strange film...nothing like i thought it would be.
Posted Monday, 18 July 2011 See my other reviews
Justine
says
After all the hype and PR, I was disappointed in this movie. The acting was of course brilliant from Natalie Portman, however the movie just didnt do it for me. Bit of a let down.
Posted Sunday, 17 July 2011 See my other reviews
SKF
says
Great movie. A little difficult to follow at times, but that is exactly how it is supposed to be. Highly recommended.
Posted Friday, 15 July 2011 See my other reviews
gillian
says
weird and disturbing, but very good film,worth renting.
Posted Thursday, 14 July 2011 See my other reviews
Nina Ricci
says
Black Swam was an enthralling and well acted film. Natalie Portman deserved her "Best Actress Award". The film highlighted the compettive world of ballet dancing, and the extremes that dancers go to to get ahead. But sometimes at a cost.
Posted Wednesday, 13 July 2011 See my other reviews
kathy
says
As long as you know a little bit about the movie before you watch its really good. I thought the main actress played a fantastic part I think she even won an oscar for her effort. I gave it an 8/10
Posted Friday, 8 July 2011 See my other reviews
Julie Knight
says
Powerful performance by Natalie Portman. Incredible movie.
Posted Thursday, 7 July 2011 See my other reviews
Sammy
says
Excellent movie, Natalie Portman is brilliant in this movie of course, she won an Emmy for it. Very inspiring! Makes you want to go out and learn ballet.... Will probably go out and buy this movie so I can watch it again and again.
Posted Thursday, 7 July 2011 See my other reviews
spooky
says
Very bizarre - epic fail
Posted Thursday, 7 July 2011 See my other reviews
Nicole
says
So Bizarre, still unsure what happened and what was an hallucination. Probably should have read the bio better. If i had of known it was a horror genre i wouldnt have chosen it. I thought it was going to be this great battle of dancers etc.
Posted Wednesday, 6 July 2011 See my other reviews
KPL
says
Most definitely a movie you will watch once and go. Hmm yeah. Good, but yet a little overhyped. The acting by Natalie Portman is what makes it worth it.
Posted Tuesday, 5 July 2011 See my other reviews
Forbsy
says
Not sure what to say on this one, Natalie Portman is always brilliant however it's dark and weird. My wife hated it and I got it for her to watch. It's one of those movies that you have to watch and make your own mind up. 5/10
Posted Tuesday, 5 July 2011 See my other reviews
Steve
says
Not what I expected would not recommend to anyone.Totally weird with a storyline that had no relation to anything.Poor poor poor.
Posted Sunday, 3 July 2011 See my other reviews
TD
says
OK but NOT brilliant! Worth a watch but too much dancing.
Posted Saturday, 2 July 2011 See my other reviews
mcfrood
says
This is not what I was expecting. The only thing I had heard was that it was dark, and that it was. I would usually not sit through a film about ballet (or dance for that matter), but this kept me riveted to the screen from beginning to end. You just didn't know which way it was going to end. Fantastic stuff. My wife's rating is 5 stars and a must see.
Posted Saturday, 2 July 2011 See my other reviews
GNG
says
Amazing performance by Natalie Portman - as always! The movie was a lot darker than I had anticipated and left me with a very unnerving experience. I am not usually a fan of the ballet but the story line was so bold that I really enjoyed (surprisingly) the movie.
Posted Friday, 1 July 2011 See my other reviews
FJA
says
It was weird! Couldn't work out which bits actually happened and which bits were in her head ...
Posted Thursday, 30 June 2011 See my other reviews
KCE
says
I was surprised when I read the movie was a Horror/Drama as I had prepared myself for a Drama only. So at the end I was somewhat disappointed and left somewhat disappointed. Natalie Portman was great as usual which was one of the reasons I remained so focused on what was happening.
Posted Wednesday, 29 June 2011 See my other reviews
rosielin
says
Creepy
Posted Monday, 27 June 2011 See my other reviews
Liz
says
Utterly Fantastic! Like all Grimm fairtales it has dark and disturbing moments. Natalie Portman is absolutely brilliant playing a troubled young women striving for perfection in an industry where perfection is everything. The ballet scenes are beautifully shot and Darren Aronofsky really knows how to wrench emotion our of the viewer. You'll be thinking about and discussing this movie for weeks
Posted Sunday, 26 June 2011 See my other reviews
Andrew N.
says
It's an extremely dark and painful movie albeit incredible acting by Natalie. I'm sorry it's not my cup of tea.
Posted Saturday, 25 June 2011 See my other reviews
ROBIN
says
Disturbing. Weird.
Posted Saturday, 25 June 2011 See my other reviews
Pamela
says
Don't bother with it. Weird
Posted Friday, 24 June 2011 See my other reviews
Marni
says
not my thing, couldn't even watch it till the end. great acting by natalie tho.
Posted Friday, 24 June 2011 See my other reviews
Meylia
says
Good acting but disturbing story line..
Posted Thursday, 23 June 2011 See my other reviews
Jayne Muir
says
A darker look into the portrayl of playing good and bad, of being both god perfect and the devil evil. The Black Swan investigates the sadness of the most famous ballet, the dance of Natalie Portman's Odile is both beautiful and dark. The ending will linger in your thoughts just as the ballet does when the final act is finished.
Posted Wednesday, 22 June 2011 See my other reviews
Louise
says
What a brilliant yet disturbing movie! Absolutely amazing! I still am not sure what was really happening! Amazing acting and directing! No wonder it won Oscars!
Posted Wednesday, 22 June 2011 See my other reviews
David
says
Depressing movie
Posted Tuesday, 21 June 2011 See my other reviews
vicky
says
spellbinding. acting was excellent.
Posted Tuesday, 21 June 2011 See my other reviews
mel
says
Great movie, portman is awesome!!
Posted Monday, 20 June 2011 See my other reviews
CL-D
says
Totally implausible. Someone this crazy would be in a straight jacket long before she reached the dizzy heights of Prima Ballerina. I got sick of trying to work out what was real or just her imagination, there's no clues so the director can use as much poetic lisense as he likes. If she really did have a 9 inch shard of glass stuck in her stomach, it defies belief that she could have danced the last act of Swan Lake in this state.
Posted Sunday, 19 June 2011 See my other reviews
jen
says
did not like this movie at all very depressing wouldnt recommend it
Posted Saturday, 18 June 2011 See my other reviews
Lharry
says
I love the ballet but really this was more than just a 'ballet' movie, don't watch if expecting brilliance on the dance scene. Artistically brilliant, The depths of the mind of someone so close to achieving everything they thought they wanted or was pushed there by loved(?) ones, not even trusting their own self.It is a "OMG' type of movie, where is it going,with twists and turns with the depth of how dark can she really get, in her quest to perfect the 'black swan'. Cudos to Natalie for putting herself out there in this movie, pushing herself to her limits to achieve this amazing movie.
Posted Friday, 17 June 2011 See my other reviews
Kymbolie
says
Beautiful dancing but not enough of it. Excellent film with insights into obsession, Had an unexpected ending.
Posted Friday, 17 June 2011 See my other reviews
louise
says
I found the story weak and pathetic. If its was based on a true story (as I never bothered to check). then it was sad and disturbing. If you are not a ballet freak then dont bother hiring it. I only gave it 2 stars cause Natalie portmans acting was very good and that it.
Posted Thursday, 16 June 2011 See my other reviews
Disappointed
says
I watched this movie twice and didn't really get it. But I do get the point. I also don't see what the fuss about the Natalie Portman's body-double dancer complaining about Natalie Portman's head being put on her body. There's not THAT much foot-work shown! Overall I was disappointed with this movie but it is worth a watch!
Posted Wednesday, 15 June 2011 See my other reviews
Annette
says
Brilliant performance by Natalie Portman, but one viewing is certainly enough for me. Very dark and disturbing, intense from opening to close. Unfortunately I made the mistake of reading another review on here which discloses the ending so I guess I was just aniticipating that outcome.
Posted Wednesday, 15 June 2011 See my other reviews
Lauz
says
Not what i thought.... very weird.... some advice DONT watch it with your mum very awkward moments hahaha!!
Posted Tuesday, 14 June 2011 See my other reviews
Christine
says
Seems to be some mixed reviews here. I myself thought this movie was brilliantly done. Natalie Portmans performance is amazing. I see her in a new light and has gained my upmost respect as an actress.
Posted Tuesday, 14 June 2011 See my other reviews
Amy
says
Natalie Portman palyed her role well. The movie itself was quite disturbing and an intense movie to watch. Not at all what I expected and did not really enjoy very much. Would not be a movie that I would care to see again.
Posted Tuesday, 14 June 2011 See my other reviews
danni
says
not something i would watch again
Posted Monday, 13 June 2011 See my other reviews
Carol
says
Her uncertainty and insanity annoyed me
Posted Monday, 13 June 2011 See my other reviews
kmooey
says
I don't know what awards this movie won, maybe the award for the most boring movie ! I really like Natalie Portman, but in this movie her acting was weak and she looked horrible, she looked like a bag of bones. This movie went nowhere, it was soooo slow then just ended - don't waste your time with this one !
Posted Sunday, 12 June 2011 See my other reviews
Janine
says
An amazing film and a story that stays in the mind and has led to several re-viewings and much discussion in our household. The battle between the light side and the dark side is an old one. Coverting your neighbours job/talents etc is a road to doom. Unfortunately the sex scenes limit the viewing age, I wouldn't let young teens watch, but suppose many have, thinking it was a ballet movie.
Posted Sunday, 12 June 2011 See my other reviews
Nigel W
says
A mentally unstable ballerina gets her big break and becomes progressively delusional and self-destructive. A familiar story of life emulating fiction. The performance by Portman is first rate but overall the film is lacks originality. Also the ballet sequence at the end could have been better (reference The Red Shoes). 3.5 stars
Posted Saturday, 11 June 2011 See my other reviews
Julia K
says
A bit weird - not what I expected. I guess I was thinking it might be a bit more along the lines of "Single White Female", but the lesbian side of things was a bit over the top. Still - I watched it right through to the end.
Posted Thursday, 9 June 2011 See my other reviews
Ann E.
says
I was personnally disappointed, not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't a strange, very sexual film about a shy, over protected, schizophrenic young girl that pushes herself into a nervous breakdown and kills herself in the effort to be the pefect prima ballerina as 'The Black Swan' in classic ballet of Swan Lake. Still scratching my head about what was really and what wasn't. my Husband didn't bother and just went to sleep! ! !
Posted Monday, 6 June 2011 See my other reviews
jodie
says
as many have said - not what I was expecting but i enjoyed. Few twists and turns :)
Posted Sunday, 5 June 2011 See my other reviews
Bridget
says
Excellent non predictable psychological thriller.
Posted Sunday, 5 June 2011 See my other reviews
Marg
says
Wasn't what I was expecting but still enjoyed it. Was a bit hard to follow at times with knowing what was, and was not, really happening! Disappointed that it didn't look more at the wold of ballet in general rather than just in the mind of one ballerina. 3.5
Posted Saturday, 4 June 2011 See my other reviews
gerd
says
A strange concoction of fantasy, delusion and the real yet extraordinary world of professional ballet. Separating these elements is the mental challenge and the entertainment in this movie.
Posted Wednesday, 1 June 2011 See my other reviews
McLovin
says
Fight Club meets Shakespeare In Love. A twisting film with an excellent performance by Natalie Portman.
Posted Wednesday, 1 June 2011 See my other reviews
MLV
says
Didn't enjoy at all. Thought I might have enjoyed the ballet but that was very limited. Usually enjoy Natalie Portman's acting but just thought the whole story was implausible and frankly quite boring.
Posted Tuesday, 31 May 2011 See my other reviews
joffa
says
3 or 4 stars? not sure which. They should have called this one, 'the black steam train', very slow to start, long time to gain momentum, but when full steam achieved, fascinating
Posted Tuesday, 31 May 2011 See my other reviews
kimbo
says
I was expecting to see a film about a career ballerina who is forced to access her repressed dark side in preparation for her role as the swan queen and cracks under the pressure. Instead, the film I saw was about a meek young woman who's possibly schizophrenic and certainly on the verge of a nervous breakdown from the opening reel. There's no real drama because Nina is already broken. All that's left is for the viewer is to watch her become increasingly unhinged. Black Swan has a lot of flaws: The conception of Nina (Natalie Portman) is a major problem. No woman this childish and meek would ever last in an elite dance company, so it's highly improbable that the company director (Vincent Cassel) would single her out for the prima ballerina role. We keep hearing about how Nina is technically perfect but clinical and restrained, but we never see any evidence of this fact because Portman is filmed mostly in tight facial close-ups during these scenes, probably to disguise the fact that her dancing isn't so spectacular Dissapointing
Posted Wednesday, 16 March 2011 See my other reviews
Luisa E
says
Brilliant! Loved what they did with this. Portman did a fabulous job of playing a haunted person.
Posted Tuesday, 15 March 2011 See my other reviews
Anita L.
says
Saw this at the movies yesterday. I've read lots of reviews saying that this is a great movie, and now that I have watched, I defiitely agree. Natalie Portman deserves all the awards she wins for this role. Very dark and confronting.
Posted Friday, 4 February 2011 See my other reviews
Kylie S.
says
GREAT! Funnier than I originally thought. Seems very serious and dark; but has light moments too. Can't wait to own it!
Posted Thursday, 3 February 2011 See my other reviews